Follow this easy tutorial to make a candle jar vase flower frog. A vase frog helps make flower arrangement easier and using a repurposed candle jar is thrifty too.
As many of my frugal friends know, I love repurposed jars and manager special flowers. So I often marry these two loves together- using a jar for a vase for my frugal flowers. One of the tricks I use to make my markdowns look like a million bucks is called a flower frog or vase frog. And it’s quite easy to DIY this florist hack.
What is a Flower Frog?
Traditionally, a flower frog would be made of wood, metal or pottery and placed in the bottom of a container for flower arranging. You may have also seen glass or cage-like flower frogs as well. The main purpose is to hold the flowers in place so they have that professional, and full look.
How to Make a DIY Candle Jar Vase with Flower Frog
To start making a flower frog vase you will need a few supplies:
Basically you are going to be creating a grid with the tape on the opening of your vase. Depending on the width of your glass, you may need to use more strips. For a standard 3 wick candle jar, I use 4 strips of tape to create a grid. Be sure to overlap the tape on the front of your glass so that it stays put.
You will then run a strip of tape along the front of the glass to cover the grid strips from the top. The inspiration for making my own flower frog was that I received a small arraignment once that had clear tape on the top of the vase. I wondered what it was and learned about vase frogs as a tool that florists use. I decided I could make my own and give it a little pizzazz too by using colorful washi tape instead of clear. This way you can match the tape to your decor or the floral arraignment.
Now you are ready to place your flowers in the vase. I find that this world best for when you are wanting to create a round, symmetrical, single flower arrangement. First, cut stems to length of vase. Remember to cut the flowers on an angle so they can drink more water (another florist tip for making flowers last longer). Then place in each empty space of your grid. The grid holds the flowers in place and gives that more compact bouquet look.
The flower shown in this tutorial is Alstroemeria; It’s my all-time fave frugal flower. They last forever and even when they are not marked down, the price is right (around $5 for a bunch at Kroger). Looking for another thrifty bunch, try Carnations- arranged this way makes them feel a little more “sophisticated”. And if my Peony’s or Hydrangea were in bloom- I would definitely clip those to use too.
Now that you know these floral hacks, you can make your own beautiful bouquet. These, of course, are wonderful for brightening your own home space, but consider breaking up a larger bouquet into two of these little gems- and giving one away!